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Daniell LaFleur

Outdoor climbing guide and outdoor enthusiast based out of Colorado.

Where Can You Snowshoe In Northern Colorado?

With Fall just around the corner, you might be cramming in all your favorite hikes before Winter weather comes. Snowshoeing is a great way to continue enjoying your favorite (and new) trails around you through the dead of Winter.     Northern Colorado has adapted a love for snowshoeing. And it’s awesome. With snowshoes, hiking and …

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Are Backpacking Water Filters Safe? A Beginner’s Guide

We’ve all heard horror stories of people getting terribly sick from unsafe drinking water, sometimes even after they tried to filter or purify it. The good news is, as technology and science has progressed, humans have continued to advance water purifying methods. So, filtering and purifying water while backpacking from a natural source is quite …

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What is the best way to make coffee while camping?

There are some things we can sacrifice while in the backcountry. For some of us, coffee just isn’t one of those things. Whether you are ultralight backpacking or car-camping, I am here to tell you that yes, you can have the coffee! Coffee adds a wonderful energy boost to your morning before getting back on …

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Powdered Almond Milk (How To Make It, Where to Buy It)

If you are out In the backcountry and keeping your pack weight light, it’s impossible to bring a perishable food like milk along for the journey. So, what’s the next best thing? Bring a form of powdered milk that can be re-hydrated and still give you that taste of home. Below we’ll be discussing everything …

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Climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park: Bouldering, Cragging, and Alpine Routes

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is home to some of Colorado’s best climbing. With a rich history of climbing and mountaineering, the park offers iconic alpine peaks to summit such as the face of Longs Peak, “The Diamond.” From pristine boulders to high peaks, the park is a destination for all climbers. A Few Things …

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Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat (First Timer’s Guide)

The Rocky Mountains of Colorado continue to impress with their beauty and abundant activities, but they are also full of Hot Springs! Near Steamboat Springs, CO, lies a hot springs park tucked away in Routt National Forest, called Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs. At just over 15 minutes away from Steamboat Springs, this little getaway …

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Canoeing Ruby Horsethief Canyon (Permits, Logistics and Advice)

One of the best sections for a first-time overnight canoe trip on the Colorado River is known as Ruby Horsethief Canyon. When water levels are good here, it is an easy float trip with some mild rapid sections. There are a few put ins along the river in Fruita or Loma, Colorado, and takeout is …

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10 Incredible Hikes in Colorado That Will Change Your Life

Colorado is filled with some of the most beautiful hikes in America. The landscape across the state varies from alpine, high desert, and plains. If you’re looking for adventure and the chance to find yourself in the outdoors, here is a guide to some of the most inspiring hikes in the state of Colorado. 1. …

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Overnight Backpacking at Kelly Lake in Colorado

Kelly Lake, among just about every other alpine lake in Colorado, requires quite the arduous hike. The trail is roughly 7.4 miles in, and another 7.4 miles out. Add in a 2460’ elevation gain, and you’ve got yourself a solid trek ahead of you. If you are looking for a great, short backpacking trip, this …

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How Do You Become a Certified Rock Climbing Guide?

If you’ve wondered how you can get paid to do something you love, such as rock climbing, guiding has probably crossed your mind. To become a certified rock climbing guide, start by checking with the company you want to work for and see what certifications they will require you to have (AMGA, PCIA or PCGI). …

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